Having long believed in the health benefits of flaxseed in the equine diet, in 2008 I obtained a high quality source of Roasted Flaxseed and it was introduced into the daily diet of a small sample of stabled performance horses – the benefits were evident very quickly and these included:
- Improved skin
- Improved weight gain and condition
- Improved demeanour
One of those to benefit quickly was shock 100/1 Nunthorpe winner Sole Power!
“Roasted flaxseed was added to his feed on July 14th, 2010 on veterinary advice” - Winning Trainer Edward Lynam.
On August 20th, 2010, he won the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes in York at odds of 100/1 beating into second place Starspangledbanner the previous winner of the 2010 July Cup at Newmarket and the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot.
What is roasted flaxseed?
- Flaxseed that is roasted for safety, higher palatability and easier feeding
- Richest source of OMEGA-3 fatty acids in the plant world; excellent OMEGA-3: OMEGA 6 ratio of 4:1
- Good source of soluble and insoluble fibre
- Excellent source of lignans and antioxidants
- Low in carbohydrates
- Roasting kills pathogens, enhances palatability and digestion
- The quality of OMEGA-3 and OMEGA-6 are NOT effected by the roasting process (Dr Henry Soita, Researcher, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan)
The amount fed varies from 150 – 300 grams per day depending on the status of the horse, whether performance, early/late pregnancy or lactating.
Short Term Benefits
- Shiny healthy coat
- Fewer skin allergies
Long Term Benefits
- Healthy strong hoof quality
- Improved joint health
- Reduced muscle soreness
- Increased OMEGA-3 levels in mare’s milk
- Boosted immunity in foals
- Higher stallion fertility
- Improved conception rate in broodmares
- Faster healing of ulcers